Knicks sign Tim Hardaway Jr. to puzzling four-year, $71 million offer sheet; fans freak out

3:53 | NBA
Knicks revert back to old ways with exorbitant Tim Hardaway Jr. offer sheet
Friday July 7th, 2017

The Knicks left NBA fans scratching their heads on Thursday night by signing Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year, $71 million offer sheet.

Hardaway’s agent confirmed the offer to the New York Times. The Hawks have until Saturday to match the Knicks’ offer. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Atlanta will not match the offer sheet.

The Knicks traded Hardaway to Atlanta just two years ago after two ho-hum seasons in New York. The Knicks acquired Jerian Grant in that deal, who they flipped to the Bulls a year later in the Derrick Rose trade. 

Both of those trades were orchestrated by Phil Jackson, who was fired by the Knicks. General manager Steve Mills is running the front office while the Knicks search for a president to replace Jackson. 

The move left Knicks fans cursing their team once again, and gave plenty of fodder to the New York tabloids. 

New York Post/New York Daily News

Assuming Atlanta doesn’t match, the Knicks will have given out $143 million to Hardaway and Joakim Noah over the last two summers. 

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.